A young person has been jailed after he drover the mistaken approach by way of the Blackwall tunnel at velocity in a stolen automotive, inflicting a head-on crash. Johal Rathour, 18, of Bridge Road, Grays, was recognized by police after the incident at 4.22am on August 6 final 12 months.
Nobody was significantly injured within the Mercedes van that his stolen Range Rover ploughed into, however the crash induced £80,000 value of harm to the van and the Range Rover. The closing of the Blackwall tunnel for 2 hours to wash up the crash additionally induced Transport for London an eye-watering £585,000 in misplaced income.
Despite operating from the scene, Rathour was arrested by police after being recognized by forensics and tracked through his cell phone. When charged, he later didn’t attend court docket earlier than being tracked down and arrested once more by the Met’s Road and Transport Policing Command this January.
Police Constable Adam Lamb, the investigating officer within the case, stated: “Rathour was guilty of an incredibly dangerous piece of driving and it was a miracle that nobody was seriously injured. Watching the video of him driving the wrong way through the tunnel is very distressing as it seems inevitable that a fatal collision would happen.
“As properly because the injury to the stolen automobile and the van he collided with, Rathour additionally disrupted and delayed the journeys of hundreds of individuals utilizing Blackwell Tunnel on the day of the crash. I’m glad that he has confronted justice for his actions and will be unable to drive on the roads of London for a few years.”
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